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A Farmhouse Renovation

With a little creativity and a lot of elbow grease, one Connecticut couple re-envisions and reinvigorates a run-down farmhouse.

By Tovah Martin

Cleaning the Upstairs Hall
In the farmhouse’s upstairs hall, the Cockerlines removed a closet, exposing a window hidden within that now sheds light on the formerly dim pathway. To finish things off, they gave the upstairs a thorough scrub.

“A lot of it had just been dirty,” she says. “The house was empty for a year before we purchased it.”

They followed up the cleaning with fresh paint: The floor got a coat of Newport Grey against the Vale Mist walls and white trim.

About the Author: With goats and organic gardens around her Connecticut cottage, Tovah Martin is every inch a hobby farmer. She is a freelance garden writer, lecturer, blogger and author—her most recent book is The New Terrarium (Clarkson Potter, 2009).

This article originally appeared in the November/December 2011 issue of Hobby Farm Home.

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